The Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees approved a 1% pay increase for staff during a board meeting May 20.

What happened

The increase will impact teachers as well as auxiliary, technical and administrative staff, and will be based on each employee’s pay grade midpoint, according to district documents.

This was recommended by the district’s human resources department to help retain staff and remain competitive with other districts, and will cost about $700,000.

What else?

Due to budget constraints school districts across the state are facing, DSISD staff did not propose many changes to the compensation plan for the fiscal year 2024-25 budget. As proposed, the few changes will include:
  • An increase of teacher starting pay to $55,500 from $55,250
  • A $1,500 stipend for hard-to-fill special education positions
  • New pay scales for student employees
For more on the FY 2023-24 compensation plan, click here.

What they’re saying

“I applaud the administration for finding a way in a difficult budget forecast for next year to continue to move the needle on compensation increases for our staff,” board member Rob McClelland said. “We know we have more work to do, but at the same time a lot of that is based on two key constraints, and that is the student allotment being where it is, and the millions and millions of dollars leaving our district to go back to the state of Texas.”

What’s next

The pay increase will be effective July 1. The board will approve a fiscal year 2024-25 budget during a meeting June 24.